We find ourselves amidst a health renaissance, with everyone dissecting dietary choices, prescribing supplement regimens, and developing the precise formula of exercise to secure longevity and an enhanced quality of life. In the relentless pursuit of success, CEOs often lament their lack of time for exercise. The perennial excuse? Time constraints. Fortunately, emerging research suggests that less could indeed be more when it comes to physical activity. Those time constraint excuses no longer hold weight.

We’re all familiar with the standard health advice: the federal guidelines recommend a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week. Think of it as just five days of 30-minute workouts – activities as diverse as brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or playing tennis with two sessions of strength training. But here’s the crux of the matter: Is 150 minutes per week truly the magic number for unlocking the fountain of youth? 

Recent studies have delved deep into the intricate relationship between physical activity and longevity, yielding some remarkable insights: more doesn’t necessarily translate to better results when it comes to your overall health and longevity in fact, even a modest effort far surpasses the gains of doing nothing at all.

In a study published back in March in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers say that 11 minutes a day (75 minutes a week) of moderately-intense physical activity – such as a brisk walk – would be sufficient to lower the risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke and a number of cancers and can significantly lengthen the life spans of people who spend most of their day sitting.

More strikingly, a 2022 study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that people ages 40 to 69 who engaged in spurts of movement for just one or two minutes, three times a day, significantly reduced their risk of death from heart disease or cancer, compared with those who weren’t physically active at all.

In a world where time is often wielded as a shield against exercise for CEOs, the landscape is shifting.The excuse of a hectic schedule no longer holds water, for these workouts demand but a fraction of your day. If the thought of dedicating 50 to 60 minutes feels daunting, cast aside your reservations, for shorter workouts emerge as potent allies in the pursuit of longevity and a higher quality of life. Stay tuned next week, where we delve into the realm of these shorter and more efficient workouts, unveiling the secrets to a healthier and more vibrant you.